Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Grinch Gloves (free pattern!)

Hi Knitters,
Here is quick and fun Grinchy-good pattern for you! I made these Grinch Gloves last spring and my 8 year-old daughter absolutely loves them! I had this Dream in Color green yarn and some yummy green roving and all I could think of was the How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I love those Grinchy hands with the furry fingertips. These are so fun. The heart I placed in one of the palms is for the Grinch's growing heart at the end of the story.

The heart also reminds me of the children's book, The Kissing Hand. Have you read this? It is a beautiful story about a mom raccoon planting a secret kiss on the palm of her child raccon's hand to keep him feeling safe and loved all day long when the child is away from home. When the child puts his hand on his cheek his mother's love rushes straight through to his heart giving him comfort throughout the day. My son's teacher read this to his class and drew hearts on the children's palms. The kids loved this. The gloves could be made in any color with the heart on the palm as a symbol of your love. It is a sweet, heartfelt gesture.

Grinch Gloves
Sizes:
3-4 yrs. (5-6 yrs., 7-8 yrs.)

Yarn:
Dream in Color (100% superfine Australian merino superwash; 250 yards/4 oz), 1 skein #VM150 Happy
Rowan Handknit Cotton (100% cotton; 93 yards/50 grams), 1 skein #215 Red
Roving (100% wool), small amount for fingertips in Olive (purchased at ornamentea.com)

*Make them in any color or even stripes if you don't want the Grinch look!

Tools:
Set of 4 US size 7 double-pointed needles or size to obtain gauge
Ruler
Scissors
Yarn needle
2 stitch holders
Stitch markers


Gauge:
4 1/2 stitches per inch
*make 2 gloves the same
Cuff:
With the glove color, Happy, cast on 30 (32, 34) stitches and distribute on 3 double-pointed needles. Place a marker on the first stitch and join to work in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. Work in a knit 1, purl 1 rib for 2 1/4 (2 1/2, 2 3/4) inches.
Hand:
Now work in stockinette stitch (knit every round) and increase 1 stitch at the end of the next round. 31 (33, 35) stitches.
Thumb gusset:
Next round: knit 15 (16, 17) stitches, place a marker, make 1, knit 1, make 1, place a marker, knit to the end of the round.
Work as follows:
Rnd 1: knit
Rnd 2: knit to the marker, make 1, knit to the marker, make 1, knit to the end of the round.
Repeat rnds 1 and 2, 4 more times. There will be 11 stitches between the markers.
Knit 6 rounds straight for all sizes.
Place the 11 stitches between the markers on a stitch holder and remove the stitch markers.
Knit 1 round and cast on 1 stitch over the stitch holder, knit to the end of the round.
Knit all rounds until the glove measures 5 (5 1/2, 6) inches from the cast on edge.
Little Finger:
Knit 4 stitches, place the next 24 stitches on a stitch holder, cast on 1 stitch over the gap, knit to the end of the round. (8 stitches on needles) Join to knit in the round and knit every round until the little finger measures 1 3/4 (1 3/4, 2) inches.
Next round: Knit 2 stitches together across the round. (4 stitches remain)
Cut the yarn and pull through the remaining stitches. Pull tight and weave end to the inside of the finger.
Place the stitches from the holder back on the double pointed needles. Rejoin the yarn and knit to the end of the round, pick up and knit 4 stitches across the little finger (pick up 1 stitch in the ditch, 2 stitches across the finger, and 1 stitch in the ditch). 28 (30, 32) stitches.
Next round:
Knit 24 (26, 28) stitches, ssk, knit 2 stitches together. 26 (28, 30) stitches remain.
Ring Finger:
Put first and last 5 stitches on the double-pointed needles. Place the remaining stitches on the stitch holder. Rejoin the yarn and cast on 1 stitch over the gap. Knit every round on these 11 stitches until the finger measures 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2) inches.
Next round: Knit 2 stitches together across the round to the last stitch, knit 1 stitch. 6 stitches remain.
Cut the yarn and pull through the remaining stitches. Pull up tight and weave the end to the inside of the finger.
Middle Finger:
Place the first and last 4 (4, 5) stitches on double-pointed needles and put the remaining stitches on the stitch holder. Rejoin the yarn and start at the first 4 (4, 5) stitches.
Knit 4 (4, 5) stitches, cast on 1 stitch over the gap, knit 4 (4, 5) stitches, pick up and knit 4 stitches (1 stitch in the ditch, 2 stitches across finger edge, 1 stitch in the ditch). 13 (13, 15) stitches.
Next round: Knit 9 (9, 11) stitches, ssk, knit 2 stitches together. 11 (11, 13) stitches remain.
Knit every round until the finger measures 2 1/4 (2 1/2, 2 3/4) inches.
Next round: Knit 2 stitches together across the round to the last stitch, knit 1 stitch.
Cut the yarn, pull through the remaining stitches. Pull up tight and weave end to inside of finger.
Index Finger:
Put the remaining 8 (10, 10) stitches on double-pointed needles. Rejoin the yarn and knit across these stitches, then pick up and knit 3 stitches (1 stitch in the ditch, 1 along the edge of the finger, and 1 in the ditch). 11 (13, 13) stitches.
Next round: Knit 8 (10, 10) stitches, knit 3 stitches together. 9 (11, 11) stitches remain.
Knit every round until the finger measures 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2) inches.
Next round: Knit 2 stitches together across the round to the last stitch, knit 1 stitch. 5 (6, 6) stitches remain.
Cut the yarn and pull through the remaining stitches. Pull up tight and weave end to the inside of the finger.
Thumb:
Place the thumb stitches on the double-pointed needles. 11 stitches for all sizes.
Rejoin the yarn and knit across the 11 stitches. Then pick up and knit 3 stitches (1 stitch in the ditch, 1 stitch along the finger edge, 1 stitch in the ditch. 14 stitches for all sizes.
Next round: Knit 11 stitches, knit 3 stitches together. 12 stitches for all sizes remain.
Knit every round until the finger measures 1 1/2 (1 1/2, 1 3/4) inches.
Next round: Knit 2 stitches together across the round. 6 stitches remain for all sizes.
Heart:
With Red and using 2 double-pointed needles to knit back and forth on, cast on 1 stitch.
Purl across every even numbered row.
Row 1: knit in the front and back (2 stitches)
Row 3: knit in the front and back of the first and second stitch. (4 stitches)
Row 5: knit in the front and back of the first stitch, knit 2 stitches, knit in the front and back of the last stitch. (6 stitches)
Row 7: knit in the front and back of the first stitch, knit 4 stitches, knit in the front and back of the last stitch. (8 stitches)
Row 9: knit in the front and back of the first stitch, knit 6 stitches, knit in the front and back of the last stitch. (10 stitches)
Row 11: knit 5 stitches, place the other 5 stitches on a stitch holder, and turn.
(purl back on these 5 stitches)
Row 13: ssk, knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together. (3 stitches remain)
(purl back)
Cast off 3 remaining stitches.
Reattach the yarn at the center and work on the remaining 5 stitches.
Knit 1 row.
Purl 1 row.
Next row: ssk, knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together. (3 stitches remain)
Purl 1 row.
Cast off 3 remaining stitches.
Finishing:
Sew the heart to the palm of one of the gloves.
Pull off ten 4-inch pieces of olive green roving. Place a piece of roving on a yarn needle and pull through the tip of one of the fingers. Repeat on all of the fingers. Twist the ends of the roving together to make it come to a point.
There you have it, Grinch gloves for all. I hope you enjoy!
Happy Holidays!
best, susie